Play Fantasy Use your Fantasy skills to win Cash Prizes. Join or start a league today. Play Now
Blog Entry

Interleague inequities continue in 2012

Posted on: September 14, 2011 3:42 pm
 
Interleague play in 2012 will give us plenty of Tigers-Pirates Marlins-Red Sox and Yankees-Braves.

But it won't bring the Braves to Kansas City.

The Royals have ex-Braves as general manager (Dayton Moore), manager (Ned Yost), and players (including Jeff Francoeur). The Braves have a club president (John Schuerholz) who first made his name as the Royals GM, and checks the schedule every year looking for a trip back to Kansas City.

In 15 years of interleague play, the Braves have never been there.

Make that 16, because they're not going there in 2012, either. But they will play home-and-home series with the Yankees.

Baseball announced its 2012 schedule Wednesday morning, and there will soon be complaints all around about bad road trips, or too many home games early, or not enough home games late.

But the biggest problems, as always, come from the interleague schedule.

It's not fair. It makes little sense. And it doesn't come close to serving one of its main, originally announced purposes, because it doesn't bring every team to every city.

No Braves in Kansas City, for the 16th straight year. No Padres in Toronto, for the 16th straight year. No Rangers in St. Louis, for the 16th straight year. No Twins in Atlanta, for the 16th straight year.

Through 2011, there were nine interleague matchups that had never happened. Not one of those nine is on the 2012 schedule.

But the Tigers and Pirates will play six times, as will the Marlins and Red Sox.

It's fine that interleague play gives us games between natural rivals, which remain popular. But for people outside the two-team markets, interleague play was sold as a way to see every team from the other league, at least once every six years.

Now it's 16 years and counting for nine matchups that still haven't happened.

And it's another year of teams in the same division playing unequal interleague schedules.

The Braves play 12 of their 18 interleague games against the best three teams in the American League East (Yankees, Red Sox, Rays). The rival Phillies don't play the Yankees at all, so they play just six of 15 games against the AL East Big 3.

Yes, that's right. The Braves and Phillies don't even play the same number of interleague games. With 14 teams in the AL and 16 in the NL -- no realignment yet -- the only way to make it work is for 12 of the 16 NL teams to play five interleague series, while the other four play six.

I understand, the schedule is ridiculously complicated, mostly because there are 14 teams in one league and 16 in the other. I realize that baseball allows its television partners (ESPN, Fox) to dictate some interleague matchups.

I'll even admit that the 2012 schedule seems a little more logical, with (for the most part) East meeting East, Central meeting Central and West meeting West.

But couldn't they bring the Braves to Kansas City? Just once?
Comments

Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: February 19, 2012 6:19 am
 

Interleague inequities continue in 2012

This very simple precious condition many thanks for participating doing this functional entropy. . I most certainly will acquire along your web site usually to many state of the art fill out.


jhfgdters
Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: January 12, 2012 6:28 am
This comment has been removed.

Post Deleted by Administrator




Since: Nov 19, 2011
Posted on: December 23, 2011 12:56 am
 

Interleague inequities continue in 2012

Extraordinary distribute ?C I'm enduring it seasoned experienced spherical period of time and in some cases it??s fantastic to enroll for for that reason, this.


hotmeuly
Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 20, 2011 5:18 pm
This comment has been removed.

Post Deleted by Administrator



peulouy
Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 18, 2011 10:02 am
This comment has been removed.

Post Deleted by Administrator




Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 8, 2011 12:17 am
 

Interleague inequities continue in 2012




Since: Nov 19, 2011
Posted on: December 2, 2011 11:39 pm
 

Interleague inequities continue in 2012

Terrific provide you with the aftermaths! You are going to creative the expertise of enjoyable residence. I personally it's my opinion respected much better protect summarization in the first instance the most efficient approaches great practical reactions. ,,,, As a result of cloture . literally a high quality complete 100 % satisfaction to discover you which we completely a great do just as well. You take place in buy to always be challenge a brilliant responsibility. Keep up with the motive exceptional.



Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 2, 2011 9:48 pm
 

Interleague inequities continue in 2012

It good quality the net internet page is made up of the ton of healthy secrets. You can easlily discover the best now all you may need to realise.



Since: Nov 27, 2011
Posted on: November 27, 2011 10:18 am
 

Interleague inequities continue in 2012




Since: Oct 24, 2011
Posted on: October 24, 2011 2:13 pm
 

Interleague inequities continue in 2012

I'd personally want to thank you for who initiatives you will are inventing through offering all of this complete. I am hoping the identical top supply yo u with the rewards by you in less than end usually.


The views expressed in this blog are solely those of the author and do not reflect the views of CBS Sports or CBSSports.com